Join us at the Pyramid Studio for a special evening with renowned Leeds storyteller Matthew Bellwood as he weaves together a trilogy of original magical folk stories, told from a queer perspective. Featuring a child made of slate, a resurrected dragon, a cloistered princess and a rainbow witch, A Perfect World turns fairy tales upside down, and offers up a set of rather different happy endings.
Date: Thursday 14 December 2023 Time: 6pm – 8pm Venue: Pyramid, 18 Croydon Street, Leeds LS11 9RT Access: See pyramid.org.uk/access for venue and travel information
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Any Work That Wanted Doing
Pyramid artist Ria’s work, ‘Integrated Society’, features in a new exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.
‘Any Work That Wanted Doing’ is an exhibition that brings disabled people’s voices from the past and present together, highlighting their contributions to heritage and contemporary culture, with disabled artists responding to hidden histories of disabled mill workers.
The exhibition opens on Friday 08 September 2023, at Leeds Industrial Museum and will continue to early 2024.
Pyramid would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that joined us on Monday 04 September for our Pyramid Artists Short Films at Hyde Park Picture House, as part of the Scalarama Leeds 2023 programme.
We had a brilliant time watching films by and about our artists on the big screen, and we hope you did too.
Through tickets and kind donations on the day we raised over £300.
Access Cloaks by Alfie Fox
Alfie and his team of support artists have been busy working alongside a number of Leeds SILC Schools and a Pyramid’s Eden Group to make hundreds of monoprinted circles, which will be sewn together to make up four larger-than-life Access Cloaks!
The project is about disabled people having access to art and artistic spaces.
The finished Access Cloaks will be hung from four important cultural venues in Leeds: Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills; Leeds City Museum; The Carriageworks Theatre; and Hyde Park Picture House.
Alfie hopes that his cloaks will encourage the people of Leeds to think about access and inclusion.
The Visioning Group meet weekly at Pyramid HQ.
They work alongside the charity’s Director, James Hill, to think creatively about Pyramid’s future and in particular about how Pyramid can be more member-led.
Together, they have been working on the Pyramid Plan 2024-28 (the word strategic had been banned!), which talks about the charity’s vision and mission for the next few years.
The miniature sculptures shown in the photo are called Pyramites, and will be used in the Pyramid Plan to make it more visual and easier to understand.
BEYOND Chaos at Swarthmore
We’re thrilled that BEYOND Chaos, a joint exhibition of work by Ella Schofield and Adam Cox will be reprised at Swarthmore Education Centre in September.
Ella and Adam completed the year-long BEYOND Artist Development Scheme in 2022/23 and the exhibition showcases some of the work they produced.
When: 11 September – 09 October
Opening times: 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday (Please get in touch with Swarthmore for evening and weekend access: 0113 243 2110 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Where: Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD
The exhibition includes some of the models Adam used to make his short film, Butch, which you can watch online, here:
Event: Film Screening 04/09/23
Pyramid presents a series of short films, animations and music videos by and about our members.
Expect to see animations featuring magical builders, ghoulish creatures and music videos from our in-house band, Ultimate Thunder, alongside artist profiles and empowering personal stories.
We’re delighted to be showing our films at the newly refurbished Hyde Park Picture House, and we’ll be using the brand new Screen 2. It’s a boutique cinema with only 51 seats so tickets are limited – book early to avoid disappointment!
We will also have a ‘make your own movie poster’ art activity, and a stall selling artwork donated by Pyramid artists and supporters.
Josh works in many different art styles, including tie-dye, drawing, patchwork and digital art. In Josh’s first project with Pyramid, he made his own set of pogs/milk caps.
He recently started working with fashion concepts, including bandanas, t-shirt designs and costumes. One of Josh’s hobbies is water polo and while he’s been training, it has given him ideas for his fashion designs – looking at the theme ‘water’, and how cool colours make people feel calm.
Josh expresses his feelings through his art with bright colours which makes him feel like people can connect to him more, as it creates a happy atmosphere.
Since joining a Development Team, Josh says, “I’ve learnt a lot and I’ve met people who make me feel really welcome to Pyramid.”
Thursday 29 June – Thursday 13 July at Archive in Kirkstall, Leeds.
Adam Cox and Ella Schofield showcase the amazing artwork they have been working on during their time with the BEYOND Artist Development Scheme.
Join us on Wednesday 12 July for a celebration event, where we will be screening Adam’s film and hearing about Ella’s colouring book.
With funding awarded to Pyramid by Inclusion International, a team of people with learning disabilities have created a film to educate employers on how they can make their workplaces more inclusive.
The film explores good practice already happening in Leeds, how organisations can remove barriers, and how workplaces can benefit from having people with learning disabilities as part of their team.
Leigh Bowser – Pottery
I think everyone has felt the pull of the pottery wheel since The Great Pottery Throwdown began. Sunken Studio is a well-known and amazing space on the edge of Leeds City Centre, who offer tutored taster sessions in both throwing and hand building. Using the 16% for artists financial support, I was able to book myself onto one of these courses to learn the basics of handling clay that spins around.
I studied ceramics for half a year during my university exchange programme to Finland, 10 years ago. I’m not sure if that counts as experience – I wasn’t very good at it then, and so I didn’t hold out too much hope for myself now. However, the tutor was excellent and without the language barrier, I was able to fully understand exactly what my hands should be doing throughout each stage of the build.
After learning to centre the clay (coning and flattening the clay three times), I was proud to realise it wasn’t as daunting as I had previously remembered.
We were guided on creating the perfect bottom, ensuring both a sturdy thickness and a smooth even base.
The next task was to pull the clay up from the bottom to form the walls of the pot. A task so nerve racking, I forgot to take any photographs. This one took the most practice, but after a 2.5 hour class, I had made three pots (and one blob of wet clay).
As you can see, my first attempt was the most accurate. The last was when I started to get too confident, and the clay put me back in my place.
The chosen pot will now be allowed the become leather hard before it is trimmed. It will then be allowed to fully dry before it’s first bisque firing. A clear glaze will be applied after, and it will be fired for a second time. If the Kiln God’s are kind, I’ll be able to collect it in around 4 weeks’ time!
The taster session has helped me feel more confident in my understanding and handling of clay, which we often use in the Pyramid studio (even if it doesn’t always require firing), and despite some initial nerves, I had fun – the most important part of any creative activity.
High Rise Bramley
High Rise Bramley Celebration Day at Bramley Community Centre.
Apron or Hairdryer?
Apron or Hairdryer? A Matthew Watson Experience is a film by Ben G Brown about Pyramid member Matthew Watson. It was shortlisted in the Yorkshire Short Film Competition, part of Leeds International Film Festival 2022.
Matthew is a visual artist and lead singer of Leeds prog-rock band Ultimate Thunder. The film follows Matthew as he works on his art project, The Matthew Watson Experience, and records Ultimate Thunder’s debut album.
The Irregular Art School is a project partnership with the University of Leeds, which is trialling new methods to support the development of learning disabled artists, and addressing barriers to inclusion and access.
Louder Than War “A collection of crashing, groovy and snarling noise rock.”
Soundsphere “A captivating blast of industrial electronics, surreal stream of consciousness lyrics and krautrock-adjacent beats.”
Tim Curtis – Glyndvillr Lava Flows
I used a holiday in Iceland to rekindle my interest in digital photography with an incredible natural subject on hand every day. The series here is about the Lava flow of a volcano that erupted in August last year.
Irregular Art School @ Explorers Event
Pyramid artists involved with the Irregular Art School presented and facilitated a workshop for the Project Art Works Explorers Event at Tate Liverpool in November 2022.
The Irregular Art School’s ‘Not Another Bloody Assessment’ presentation opened up a space for people to explore and share different experiences of assessment. The conversations at the presentation focused specifically on the questions, how does assessment happen and how does it feel?
The Explorers Event was produced by Project Art Works. The intention was to ‘bring together national conversations about how cultural institutions can evolve into more caring and inclusive spaces, [embracing] agency into art, systems of care and different artist development practices’.